In honor of this most Irish of days, I thought I’d share three of my favorite Irish-inspired books from past clients: Fiona: Stolen Child, by Gemma Whelan; Call of the Lark, by Maura Mulligan; and Bending the Boyne, by J. S. Dunn.
About the Books
Fiona: Stolen Child, by Gemma Whelan
Fiona Clarke, an Irish writer living in New York, has been running away from her past since she left rural Cregora, Ireland, for boarding school. That past finds her, many years later, when her thinly veiled autobiographical novel is optioned for a movie. Working as the film’s consultant, Fiona unearths deep secrets, relives childhood trauma, and connects with an estranged family thrust back into her life. As her history opens upon her, Fiona must stop running and confront her secret shame: her long-held sense of responsibility over the death of her little sister.
For more on this book, visit www.fionastolenchild.com.
Call of the Lark, by Maura Mulligan
In her memoir, Maura Mulligan takes us behind the walls of a Franciscan convent in the 1960s and brings alive a nun’s story that is both revealing and redemptive. But Call of the Lark is much more. It is also a chronicle of life in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s, a testament to the challenges of emigration to the United States, and a portrait of one woman’s strength and determination to forge a fulfilling life.
Call of the Lark is a gift of strength, comfort, and inspiration to anyone who has ever wrestled with doubts about his or her purpose and direction in life—in other words, to all of us. As musician and author Larry Kirwan writes, “Call of the Lark is a story of redemption that lifts both the heart and soul.”
For more on this book, visit www.mauramulligan.com/CalloftheLark.html.
Bending the Boyne, by J. S. Dunn
In 2200 BCE, changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the native starwatchers. Boann marries the invader Elcmar to stave off war, but enemies cloud her future. Banished to far coasts by Elcmar, Cian discovers how to outwit the invaders at their own game. Tensions on Eire between new and old cultures and between Boann, Elcmar, and her son Aengus, ultimately explode. What emerges from the rubble of battle are the legends of Ireland’s beginnings in a totally new light.
Bending the Boyne draws on 21st century archaeology to show the lasting impact when early metal mining and trade take hold along north Atlantic coasts. Carved megaliths and stunning gold artifacts, from the Pyrenees up to the Boyne, come to life in this researched historical fiction.
For more on this book, visit www.seriouslygoodbooks.net.